13.05.2012 34 °C
today we left hoi an and made our way to hue. our driver from the orchid hotel in hue arrived on time and we set off. as we have mentioned earlier we loved our time in hoi an and the ancient river house resort and we were given a great farewell by the staff.
our first stop was at the marble mountains near danang. this place is a bit of a tourist trap selling overpriced marble to tourists. the product they produce is of good quality, however, you have to bargain hard. which is what we did and i walked away with a marble happy buddha statue.
time to move on and we made our way through danang and up the hai van pass which is a 500 metre part of the mountain range which vehicles can pass over for a magnificent views of danang and the surrounding bay. it used to be the only way for vehicles to travel from danang to hue, however, in 2005 they built a tunnel which made travelling a lot easier. we stopped there for a view and a beer.
next stop was lang co beach. where we stopped and had some lunch on the beachfront. i had some squid and jen had prawns. meal was ok, however, not as good as we had experienced previously.
then the final run to hue. we arrived at the orchid hotel and had a warm greeting as has been the norm in vietnam. as the hotel was not full we were upgraded to a family size room. the hotel is located in the heart of hue and is surrounded by restaurants, hotels and bars. after getting settled in jen and i went out for a walk around to get familiar with the city. we headed to the riverfront and were hit by a lot of cyclo riders and people selling silk pictures. a little more pushy that what we had experienced in hoi an and even hanoi but we just give them a smile and a no thanks and move on. after getting our bearings we decided it was beer oclock and stopped at the why not bar and downed a few beers. as it was happy hour we thought we should take advantage of it. 6 beers later and $5 later we left feeling a lot better. decided we were getting a little pekish so we headed back to hotel to freshen up and on the way checked out a few restaurants. decided to go with the brothers restaurant after chatting to a nice guy called life long, yeah like the milk. came back and had a good feed. feeling a little tired after day we headed back to hotel.
tomorrow will start exploring the city.
andrew and jenny